Best Tennis Practices: Racquet Maintenance

Cold weather generally correlates to less outdoor activity.  The seasons are changing across the states & many of the non-indoor tennis players may be wondering, “how do I best preserve my tennis racquet during the down-time of the season.”

Well, Midwest Sports has some answers for you!

Your racquet is one of the most important tools in your game and  maintaining every aspect of it is essential. Here are five tips for maintaining your racquet.

 RacquetAnatomy1. Do not expose your racquet in any types of extreme heat or cold weather. It is vital to keep your racquet safe and secure in your racquet bag or in a ideal spot in one’s home. Very hot conditions can soften parts of the racquet, which could result in the loss of tension or even damaging the string.  Cold weather causes strings to become brittle and hard, try playing tennis with very hard/stiff strings, it is not good for one’s elbow.

2.  Before playing, inspect your frame. It is critical to understand the anatomy of your racquet. If you do your own personal stringing of your racquet,  don’t string a cracked, warped or otherwise defective frame.

3. Get your racquet restrung every 3-4 months if you are an active tennis player.   Many players do not realize that their tennis strings  are either dead or too loose.  Having either of those two situations could easily deteriorate one’s game.

4. Inspect the grommet strip and bumperguard of your racquet before playing. If the bumperguard is worn significantly and if it’s worn through to the frame replace it before restringing. Chances are the grommet strip will also have to be replaced.

5. Replace your grip twice a year. Your grip is the ultimate tool for one’s comfort on the racquet, if one does not take care of their particular grip, bacteria can form & the grip will deteriorate.

Those were just 5 easy tips of racquet maintenance! Now get your racquet that necessary tune up and hit the court!

Racquet tune up post 10302014

 

 

Serena Williams first Western & Southern title

Serena Williams takes home her first career title at the 2014 Western & Southern Open. Williams defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1. The match took 1 hour & 2 minutes. Serena had 12 aces to Ivanovic’s 1 ace. Williams will now attempt to ride this momentum into the U.S. Open in New York City.

Reaction Tweets

10496138_10152604229819076_4006190550876949738_o

Andy Murray “It’s a pretty good ticket”

Q: It’s A sold-out crowd here today and a lot of people are talking about what a great lineup it is. Do these Masters 1000s feel different than slams? It’s a smaller event, but the fans still get to see sort of a blockbuster lineup all day.

Andy Murray: Yeah, I think if I was coming to watch as a fan, coming like to the Wednesday of a Masters Series, especially a combined one, yeah, is pretty much the best ticket you can get really.
You know, if I could buy one ticket, I would probably want to go and watch a slam final. But, you know, if you want to see all of the players, you can watch them practice, you can see obviously men and the women here. Yeah, it’s a pretty good ticket.

Q: You’d buy one of those tickets?

Andy Murray: I don’t know how much they are. (Laughter.) I’d think about it though.

Shop Andy’s gear: http://bit.ly/1p6RJHD

murray_lores

Day 4 Western & Southern Results

Western & Southern Open Main Draw Results

August 12th, 2014

ATP 1st & 2nd Round Main Draw Results

(1) Novak Djokovic d Gilles Simon 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 (Djokovic advances to the 3rd round)
(3) Stan Wawrinka d Benjamin Becker 6-3, 7-6 (Wawrinka advances to the 3rd round)
(9) Ernests Gulbis d Ivan Dodig 7-6, 7-6
Mikhail Youzhny d (12) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4
(13) Rberto Bautista Agut d Martin Klizan 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
(15) Marin Cilic d Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4
Vasek Popisil d Radek Stepanek 5-7, 6-1, 7-6
James Ward d Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Julien Benneteau d Blaz Rola 6-7, 6-3, 7-6
Steve Johnson d Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-1
Andreas Seppi d Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 6-7, 6-3

WTA 1st & 2nd Round Main Draw Results

(2) Simona Halep d Kirsten Flipkens
(5) Maria Sharapova d Madison Keys 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 (Sharapova advances to the 3rd round)
(12) Caroline Wozniacki d Shaui Khang 6-2, 6-2 (Wozniacki advances to the 3rd round)
(14) Sara Errani d Yanina Wickmayer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6
(15) Carla Suarez Navarro d Tsvetana Pironkova 6-3, 1-6, 7-6
(16) Lucie Safarova d Venus Williams 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
Sabine Lisicki d Roberta Vinci 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
Sloane Stephens d Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-3
Christina McHale d Nicole Gibbs 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Kurumi Nara d Romina Opradi 6-0, 6-2
Zarina Diyas d Irina-Camelia Begu 7-6, 7-6
Annika Beck d Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Ekaterina Makarova d Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-2

Stan Wawrinka digs deep for a ball at his feet during his match against Benjamin Becker

Stan Wawrinka digs deep for a ball at his feet during his match against Benjamin Becker

Roger’s new racquet

Q: I know you have your racquet coming up for the public to buy. How much is that version different from the one you use? How much input have you had in sort of the mainstream version. I know you did a lot of tinkering with the one you used.

Federer: Yeah, basically it’s a year ago where I started the racquet testing after Wimbledon. Anyway, it’s a long process. But actually, it all went pretty quickly because I did not use it again here actually for this tournament. Right before I switched my mind, I switched and I said, Okay, I’ll play the year normally.
After all the back issues I had I needed to first figure out what’s going on with my game and my back. So I really lost a few months there.
So the change was swift. I’m happy now that you can buy it. It’s the one I’m playing with. They are going to make it in three different versions. The one exactly I’m playing with, and then I think two lighter versions of it for younger people or weaker people, you know, who can carry such a heavy racquet.
Not that mine is crazy, but it’s good to have the choice.  I’m very excited, because I have been playing pretty much with the same racquet since 2002 with some little adjustments here and there, but never to the extreme of changing the size of the racquet the way it is now.
So this is a major change for me, and I’m happy I have made the switch. I’m happy with the way I’m playing.

Q:  Do you think the racquet is more important or strings, tension?

Federer: I mean, everything is on the racquet. Strings I use, what tension I use, the weight of the racquet it is, all the information is on the racquet.
So when you go buy it, it’s the one I’m playing with, which was the most important thing for Wilson, myself. That racquet does exist, of course.

Check out more info here: http://bit.ly/1vEy331

Roger Federer answer's questions regarding his new racquet.

Roger Federer answer’s questions regarding his new racquet.

Day 3 Western & Southern Results

Western & Southern Open Main Draw Results

August 11th, 2014

ATP 1st Round Main Draw Results

(11) John Isner d Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-4
(15) Fabio Fognini d Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
(16) Tommy Robredo d Jack Sock 7-6, 6-3
Gael Monfils d Federico Delbonis 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Philipp Kohlschreiber d Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Fernando Verdasco d Marcel Granollers 5-7, 6-3, 7-6
Gilles Simon d Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-2
Jerzy Janowicz d Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-4
Marinko Matosevic d Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-6
Yen-Hsun Lu d Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-4
Joao Sousa d Chase Buchanan 5-7, 7-6, 7-6
Benjamin Becker d Ivo Karlovic 7-6, 6-4

WTA 1st Round Main Draw Results

(9) Ana Ivanovic d Sorana Cirsea 6-1, 7-5
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d (11) Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3
(12) Caroline Wozniacki d Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-3
(13) Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-7, 6-2
Shuai Zhang d Heather Watson 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
Elina Svitolina d Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-2
Madison Keys d Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-4
Taylor Townsend d Klara Koukalova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Kristen Flipkens d Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-2
Karin Knapp d Belinda Bencic 6-2, 7-6
Samantha Stosur d Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 7-5

 

Philipp Kohlschreiber signing autographs after defeating Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Philipp Kohlschreiber signing autographs after defeating Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. (Photo Credit: Western & Southern Open Facebook Page)

Day 2 Western & Southern Results

Western & Southern Open Qualifying Results

August 10th, 2014

The following winners qualify for the main draw of the Western & Southern Open.

ATP 2nd Round Qualifying Results

(1) Benjamin Becker d (13) Malek Jaziri 6-4, 3-6, 7-6
(2) Marinko Matosevic d (8) Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-4
(3) Teymuraz Gabashvili d (12) Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
(5) Bernard Tomic d (10) Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6
(11) Benoit Paire d (7) Blaz Rola 6-2, 6-2
WC Chase Buchanan d (14) Tim Smyczek 6-4, 7-6
ALT James Ward d (9) Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6, 7-5

WTA 2nd Round Qualifying Results

(18) Annika Beck d (4) Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-3
(6) Vavara Lepchenko d Anna Tatishvili 7-5, 7-6
(14) Irina-Camelia Begu d (8) Elena Vesnina
(9) Zarina Diyas d Monica Niculescu 6-2, 6-2
(12) Heather Watson d Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-0
Pauline Parmentier d (13) Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 7-6,7-6
(16) Yanina Wickmayer d Julia Goerges 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
Karin Knapp d (17) Monica Puig 2-6, 6-3, 7-6
(20) Polona Hercog d Julia Glushko 6-3, 6-1
Nicole Gibbs d (21) Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Taylor Townsend d (22) Siliva Soler-Espinosa 6-4, 6-3
(23) Chanelle Scheepers d Timea Babos 6-0, 6-4

Midwest Sports at the 2014 Western & Southern Open

Join Midwest Sports this week at the 2014 Western & Southern Open. Our 12,000 sq. ft. satellite store has great new updates from last year’s edition! The store itself will feature a comprehensive selection of tennis racquets, tennis apparel, tennis shoes & much more from over 25 different brands. Shop all of the latest fashions from the ATP & WTA tour’s with us at Midwest Sports.

Each year at the Western & Southern Open, we try to go a step further to ensure the Midwest Sports retail tent is a unique experience for all of the tournament goers who choose to pay us a visit. We hope this year we will be able to achieve that unique experience for our patrons. Midwest Sports is a platinum sponsor of the Western & Southern Open. This will be our 12th year at this wonderful tournament located in Mason, Ohio.

photo

If you are unable to make it out to the tournament this year, no need to worry, we have you covered!

Check out all of the official gear of the Western & Southern Open here:  http://bit.ly/1ozm5TB

A racquet that adapts to you with the Dunlop iDapt.

Seeking to elevate their position in the crowded marketplace, Dunlop looks to make quite an entry with its latest offering – Dunlop iDapt (“individual aDaptable performance”). Taking cues from the customization that pros often employ with specific lengths, dampening feel, and weight, the iDapt line offers a level of personalized options not seen in the racquet arena until now.

BLOGiDapt_100S_BlkBlue_Head_AngledScaled.jpg
The visual impact upon first glance is remarkable. The head, handle, and dampening interface are displayed in separate pieces, with a total of 432 possible combinations.
BLOGiDapt_98_OranCarb_ExplodedScaled.jpg

There are 4 head configurations: 98, 100, 100S, and 105, all of which fall into what could be classified as ‘tweener specifications. The 98, 100, and 100S all weigh in slightly over 11 ounces strung, with head light balances and swingweights in the 310-330 range (balance and swingweight dependent on the length of handle installed.) In keeping with the current spin-friendly trend, the 100S offers a more open 14×18 (rather than 16×19 found in the 98 and 100) string pattern for added bite and string action. The 105 is the lightest and most forgiving option in the iDapt line, weighing in around 10.7 ounces strung and also offering the six grip size options from 4 inch to 4-5/8.

Depending on your preferred level of feedback and feel desired, the Shock Sleeve dampening interface offers firm, medium, and soft options which are also interchangeable.

All 4 frame models are offered in 3 colors each, from mild to wild, and will list for $199.99. Tinkering with grip size or overall racquet length is as simple as a $30 grip/handle change.

The iDapt frame, shock sleeve and handle is connected via an aircraft aluminum grade bolt connector inside the handle (accessed through the butt cap) and tightened to the proper torque specification with a proprietary torque wrench only available through Dunlop iDapt dealers. This connection is claimed to be many times stronger than a traditional racquet connection, according to Dunlop Product Developers.
BLOGiDaptWallDisplay.jpg

So how does it play? Dunlop conducted a blind playtest in July at their Greenville, SC headquarters with frames that were plain white, strung with either black Dunlop Silk multifilament or Black Widow polyester. We had no idea what exactly we were hitting with, other than the head size, length and visibly more open string pattern on the 100S. Response and feel on the frames was excellent, on par with the industry standard ‘tweener Babolat Pure Drive and Wilson Juice. Versatile from all points on the court, with notably more jump on your shots with the 100S. Even with the least damped option installed, the frames had a solid feel and offered as much touch as could be expected from a racquet with this beam dimension and strung with polyester. Bottom line is that you would never know that this racquet was not constructed in a traditional manner. Once we saw that the frame bolts together, it made the playtest that much more positive.

The iDapt line will be in stock and available August 15 from Midwest Sports.

Wilson Pro Staff RF 97

Slowly but surely Wilson is revealing more details on the racquet Roger Federer has been playtesting for 2014. What is this black Wilson Federer racquet you ask? Being a Wilson Pro Staff player his entire professional career, imagine what goes into a player of Federer’s caliber changing racquets at this stage of his career. Federer has been all but alone on the ATP World Tour in continuing to use a racquet 90 square inch headsize. As opponents have grown bigger, stronger, faster, and more spin-oriented, apparently the time has finally come for Roger to get with the times and update to a more contemporary 97 square inch frame size. The results so far in 2014 seem to indicate this is the right move, with Federer playing more competitive tennis than he has in years.

What does this mean for the average consumer? For starters, fans of Federer who want to play with the same racquet, can actually play with the same racquet! The Pro Staff 97RF Autograph is made to the exact same specification as Roger’s frame, down to the shape of the pallet on the handle, as well as the hefty 12.5 ounce strung weight. The 97 square inch headsize is likely more appropriate for the non-professional player as well, than the ultra control oriented 90 square inch model available for RF fans. Always wonder how many of those who bought the 90 could actually play with it? As of this post, the final cosmetic has not been released to the public, with Roger still using a blacked-out frame in his most recent tournaments. Rumor has it that the final cosmetic will be rolled out sometime prior to the US Open in August. A flat beam design remains consistent with previous generations of Pro Staff, albeit now in a wider 21.5mm thickness for added pop and forgiveness.

The Pro Staff line will also see updates in the way of a Pro Staff 97 which is about an ounce lighter than the RF97 Autograph. Wilson Spin Effect string patterns will also be options in the form of a Pro Staff 97LS and a Pro Staff 95S.

Stay tuned for updates as soon as they are available.

 

Wilson new RF racquet specs